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Kevin M. Barner

Managing Partner, Washington, D.C. Office


Kevin procures patents for clients in a wide range of technologies and also enforces clients’ patents in various federal courts and defends clients in court when their products or services are alleged to infringe others’ patents.

Kevin’s extensive technical and legal experience uniquely qualify him to assist clients with U.S. and international patent development strategy and guide them through enforcement and defense proceedings.


Kevin has hands-on, technical experience and knowledge in the areas of telecommunication devices including wireless communication hardware, software and networking techniques, lighting fixtures and control circuitry, semiconductor device design and manufacturing, commercial electronics including digital televisions and display technology, printers, computers and computer networking techniques, GFCIs, and smoke detectors and lasers. He also has experience with electrical and mechanical medical devices.

Prior to joining Michael Best, Kevin practiced for 17 years with three different intellectual property boutique law firms in Washington, D.C.


Before entering the legal profession, Kevin had a lengthy technical career at Northrop Grumman (formerly Westinghouse Electric Corp.), where he was a senior hardware design engineer. While at Northrop, Kevin designed and integrated various electronics hardware modules for commercial and military radar and communication systems.

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association 



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